Illinois News

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Funeral Service Set for Grayslake Firefighter Who ’Cared Deeply About His Community’

Funeral services have been set for a longtime Grayslake firefighter who died last week at the age of 46. A wake for Mike Higgins, who worked for the Grayslake Fire Protection District for 26 years, has been set for 3 to 8 p.m. Friday at Symonds Lakes Funeral Home, 1111 W. Belvidere Road in Grayslake. Higgins most recently served as the fire district's battalion chief. His funeral has been set for 10 a.m. Saturday at Gilberts Church, 301 E. Belvidere Road in Grayslake. A procession and a private burial will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery. Higgins, 46, of Libertyville, was first hired as a full-time employee in 2001, Dan Pierce, fire chief for the Grayslake Fire Protection District, said in a letter to fire protection district employees. He was the medical officer for several years and was passionate about improving the quality of emergency medical services and training as a way to improve Grayslake's emergency service.
Grayslake Patch

Danville family escapes blaze that destroyed their home

Five family members escaped an early-morning fire in Danville that destroyed their home. Danville fire interim Chief Aaron Marcott said a space heater in use caused the fire in the 100 block of Illinois Street. There were no working smoke detectors in the house, he said. Firefighters arrived at 3:17 a.m. Tuesday and found heavy flames coming from the rear of the two-story wood-frame house and out the roof. The occupants had gotten out safely, but their pets were inside. Firefighters got the fire under control within about 30 minutes and were able to remove two dogs and a cat. They remained at the house until 6 a.m. The home and contents are considered a total loss. The Red Cross was notified to help the family.
The News-Gazette

Chicago man sentenced to 15 years for pouring paint thinner in Oak Brook theater, attempting to set it on fire

A Chicago man has been sentenced to 15 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for pouring paint thinner on the floor of the Oak Brook AMC Theater, and then attempting to light a cigarette while being escorted out of the building. David Ferguson, 33, pled guilty this week to one count of attempted aggravated arson. An arrest warrant was executed on July 2, 2018 against Ferguson, who was being held in the Cook County Jail for unrelated aggravated arson charges. On Jan. 12, 2018, the manager of the Oak Brook Center AMC Theater was notified by a staff member of a suspicious individual walking around the area of theater five, prosecutors said. When the manager went to theater five, he could smell a strong odor, later determined to be paint thinner, coming from theater six. Patrons were also seen quickly leaving that theater.
WFLD-TV FOX 32 Chicago

Dogs die, resident injured in Charleston house fire

Several dogs died in a Charleston house fire Tuesday afternoon that has left three residents displaced, fire officials said According to a news release from the Charleston Fire Department, there was one resident home when the fire broke out. The resident, who was able to escape through a second-story window, received treatment on the scene. The home at 102 N. 12th St. suffered heavy fire, smoke and water damage, the release said. The American Red Cross was called in to assist the residents with resources. The fire started around 4 p.m. Due to the heavy fire found on the scene by the responding crews, a second alarm was called to bring in additional resources and manpower to assist with the fire and ambulance calls in the city.
Journal and Courier - Metered Site

Edwardsville breaks ground for new fire station

Despite blustery southwest winds, Edwardsville city and fire officials officially broke ground on the new East Fire Station Tuesday. Aldermen Chris Farrar, Jack Burns, SJ Morrison and Jennifer Warren and several city staff members also attended. Mayor Art Risavy and Fire Chief James Whiteford delivered brief remarks due to the weather conditions. There was no podium, microphone or speakers. Whiteford said this project has its roots as far back as 2010 under former Mayor Gary Niebur who formed a committee to investigate whether the city needed to modify its fire coverage for residents. Up until the mid-2000s, Whiteford said Edwardsville had maintained a north-to-south orientation. Ten to 15 years ago, that began changing into the present east-to-west orientation present today.
The Intelligencer

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Rockford house fire displaces two people, kills four pets

A fire in Rockford Tuesday morning kept first responders busy for almost three hours. The cause of the fire at 1643 Arlington Avenue is still under investigation, but the two people living there were able to get out safely, along with one of their dogs. Unfortunately, four other pets died. The blaze was brought under control within 20 minutes, according to District Chief Kyle Hill, but not before causing around $100,00 in damage. Crews stayed at the scene until about 7:30 to assist the residents and assess the damage. The two people living there are now displaced. In the wake of Tuesday morning, the Rockford Fire Department reminds people to make sure all bedroom smoke detectors work and to practice emergency exit drills.
WIFR-TV CBS 23 Rockford

Drivers damage equipment while crews respond to Hoopeston fire

The Hoopeston Fire Department said some equipment was damaged by drivers while they were responding to a fire on Sunday morning. The fire occurred at the 1000 block of W. Main St. Crews extinguished the fire and no injuries were reported. The fire department said that while they were extinguishing the fire, drivers ran over a fire hose and hazard cones, causing damage to both. They said the damage was easily preventable and they are thankful no one was hurt. They shared on Facebook that the vehicles and owners have been identified and the drivers were ticketed. In recent months, Illinois State Police have been encouraging safe driving around emergency vehicles after an officer was hit in Effingham. Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued a proclamation making Oct. 15 “Slow Down, Move Over Day” to raise awareness about safe driving, specifically around emergency vehicles and construction areas.
WCIA-TV CBS 3 Champaign

’Keep the Wreath Red’ campaign launches December 1st in Peoria

Starting Thursday you will see holiday wreaths adorn the City of Peoria’s 12 fire stations. This is part of the fire departments “Keep the Wreath Red” campaign. Wreaths at all city fire stations are illuminated with red bulbs and firefighters will replace a red bulb with a white one for each structure fire in a home or commercial building. During the 2021 campaign there were 15 fire related incidents that left four people hurt and an estimated $781,200 in damages. The “Keep the Wreath Red” progrma was adopted by Illinois Fire Chiefs in 1980 as a way to alert the community of fires caused by holiday decorations. The city of Peoria started the program in 1995. The campaign starts Thursday, December 1st and ends New Year’s Day.

Quincy City Council tables building code ordinance adoption

Quincy City Council was supposed to make a decision on updating the city’s fire safety codes Monday night. It was a change that would also affect people looking to build a new house in the city. But they didn’t because aldermen said they didn’t have the documents they needed to make an informed decision in time for Monday night’s vote. Aldermen said they received the preliminary information Monday afternoon and that’s not enough time for them to review it. 5th Ward Alderman Mike Rein said there are more than 300 changes to the building code they didn’t get a chance to fully review. ”I just felt that the code deserved a thorough review before we reject or accept, so that was the reason I asked for six weeks. So that all the aldermen had a chance to review the document in its entirety and get their questions answered,” 5th Ward Alderman Mike Rein said.
WGEM-TV NBC 19 Quincy

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